Solutions for Dental Anxiety in Swansea, IL

Helping You Relax While We Care for Your Smile

Every year, millions of Americans miss out on essential dental care due to dental anxiety and dental phobia. We know this issue affects a lot of our patients, so we’ve created a relaxing and friendly office environment where you’ll feel at home. Our Swansea dental team cares about your well-being and we’ll treat you like a person, not just a file in our system.

Common Dental Anxieties

Various issues can lead patients to experience dental anxiety. Just thinking about visiting the dentist triggers the following types of feelings in many patients:

  • Embarrassment about the condition of their teeth
  • Fear of gagging during the procedure
  • Concern about being injected with anything
  • Apprehension about experiencing a loss of control
  • Concern about becoming numb from the anesthetic
  • Concern about painful procedures
  • Apprehension of dental tools

Strategies for Overcoming Dental Anxiety

When patients avoid visiting the dentist due to anxiety, they’re missing out on important preventative care. This will exacerbate easily treatable issues and it could even lead to the loss of teeth. The following strategies will help reduce your dental anxiety so Dr. Wilson and Dr. Banker can continue to protect your smile with regular checkups in Swansea, IL.

Talk to Us

Our dentists have created a warm and friendly atmosphere at Corner Stone Dental. We’re trained to help patients with dental anxiety, and we’ll be happy to sit down with you and talk about your concerns.

There are several types of precautions that we can take before and during your visit to reduce tension. We’ll work together to make sure you feel comfortable at Corner Stone Dental:

Relaxing Music

Music can relax your body and drown out any noises that may disturb you. If you’d like to bring a portable music player, we encourage you to listen to calming music during your appointment.

Agree on a Signal

Not being able to speak during your appointment can lead to anxiety about your dentist not knowing when you’re having an issue. The best way to solve this problem is to agree on a hand signal that will let us know when to stop. Raising a hand or tapping on the chair are two common signals.

Throat Sprays

Spraying your throat with a spray such as Vicks® Chloraseptic® Throat Spray can help manage your gag reflex. Two or three sprays will usually keep the reflex under control for about an hour.

Dental Sedation

We offer dental sedation in the form of nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. This is a low-level sedative that allows you to relax during your appointment, though you’ll remain conscious the whole time. You’ll quickly recover from the sedative after your appointment.

Ask About Alternatives

Advances in technology have brought about more options for you. If you’re anxious about your appointment or procedure, let us know and we can discuss ways to make your appointment faster, easier, and less invasive.

Frequently Asked Questions

Corner Stone Dental

4121 Old Collinsville Rd.
Swansea, IL 62226

Office Hours

8am – 5pm
8am – 5pm
8:30am – 5:30pm
8am – 5pm
By appointment
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